Following correspondence from Annapolis Royal businessperson, Jane Nicholson, municipal planning staff prepared documentation on the public review and approval process that was followed when the Annapolis County wind power planning strategy was developed. Warden Reg Ritchie was instructed to respond explaining the approval process followed.
In an electronic message, Nicholson complained of, “the lack of public consultation accorded to the Town of Annapolis Royal and its residents regarding the county’s wind turbine bylaw.” The letter was expressing concern regarding the erection of a wind generator on the North Mountain east of the Parkers Cove Road. The project is being undertaken by Scotian Wind Fields Inc.
In material presented by planning staff, it noted that when the wind turbine planning process was initiated in 2009 and 2010, written notices were sent to adjacent municipal governments and public notices were posted in the local media. In the first round, seven public information sessions were held. Four of these were in the western end of the county at Cornwallis, Port Wade, Litchfield, and Bridgetown. A total of 170 people attended these four sessions.
Once the first draft of the wind turbine bylaw was developed, two additional meetings were held. In the western end, the Granville Centre meeting attracted 49 people according to the planning staff report to the council. Notices were also placed in the local media.
Prior to the formal public hearing to adopt the wind turbine bylaw, written notice was sent to all adjacent municipal governments about two weeks prior to that meeting. In late September 2011, the bylaw was formally adopted by the municipal council. The proposed wind turbine northeast of Annapolis Royal is permitted under the current county bylaw.
Scotian Wind Fields Inc. has scheduled an open house for April 24 at the Annapolis Royal Fire Hall. It is open to the public.
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